New categories announced for Luxperience Awards

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Luxperience has announced entries are now open for the prestigious Luxperience Awards, which recognise industry excellence in the development and promotion of the finest products that the luxury travel industry has to offer.

Luxperience is excited to introduce two brand-new award categories under the Events by Luxperience banner of the renowned industry exhibition: MICE Buyer of the Year and MICE Supplier of the Year. Each award will acknowledge the ability of the meetings specialists to embrace the world of high-end and immersive experiences within business events via a specific event or campaign.

Michelle Papas, Director of Marketing at Luxperience, says: “With the introduction of Events by Luxperience at last year’s exhibition, we felt the need to expand and enhance our Awards categories in recognition and celebration of the excellence within the meetings and conference industry.”

Luxperience is also delighted to introduce another new award: the Best Suite or Customised Space Award which recognising the presentation, effectiveness, creativity and engagement of a suppliers exhibition space during Luxperience 2016. This will be a judges’ choice award.

On the annual Awards, Papas adds: “Some of the world’s most impressive suppliers and our elite group of decision-makers in the global luxury and experiential travel arena will be in attendance. These awards will recognise not only their endeavours but the evolution of luxury travel and highlight the shining stars and visionaries of this luxe community. Winners will set industry standards for inspiration, innovation and quality, raising the bar for others to emulate.”

The awards acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of the finest products that the premium travel industry has to offer and entries will be judged again by our esteemed panel of travel and lifestyle industry experts:

Melinda O’Rourke, Founder and Director of MO Luxury

Susan Borham, Editor-in-Chief of Luxury Travel Magazine

Mark Magennis, Managing Director of Decorative Events and Exhibitions

Emma Scott, Creative Director at Tiny Hunter

Jeremy Francis, Manager, Brand Connections at Virgin Australia

Michelle Papas, Director of Marketing at Luxperience

Now in its second year, winners will be announced in front of over 500 guests at the glittering Luxperience Gala Dinner, taking place on Tuesday 20 September 2015. The event is anticipated to be the biggest yet with guests and nominees from around the world also celebrating the fifth anniversary of Luxperience.

The full list of Award Categories:

Supplier categories

1. Inspiring Award

2. Meaningful Award

3. Connections Award

Buyer categories

4. Inspiring Award

5. Meaningful Award

6. Connections Award

Recognition categories

7. Outstanding Destination Award

8. Best Suite or Customised Space Award – NEW

Events by Luxperience categories

9. MICE buyer of the year – NEW

10. MICE supplier of the year– NEW

Judges’ Choices:

The Inspiring Award will recognise one buyer and one supplier that best demonstrates excellence in the planning and development of innovative products and services, acknowledging entrepreneurial vision, market leadership and uniqueness.

The Meaningful Award will pay tribute to a buyer and a supplier that contributes to a greater understanding of history, heritage and culture, incorporating elements such as sense of community, experiential tourism or social responsibility within their programme or product.

The Connections Award will recognise a successful e-marketing campaign, both from the buyer and supplier sides, which effectively connect with key target markets within the luxury or high end experiential travel space.

In addition to these awards, Luxperience will recognise an Outstanding Destination Partner which has influenced the development of luxury and experiential tourism within their country or region.

Entries for the Luxperience 2016 Awards can be submitted here from 11 April with the deadline for submissions due by 25 July 2016.

The invitation-only business forum, taking place in Sydney on 18-21 September 2016, is the only one of its kind based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.

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